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Top Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades (AGCO, AAPL, BIDU, BMI, CL, DNDN, DOW, FLEX, INSP, TAP, REGN, RIMM, TSM, VLO, VZ, GWW, SLV, SIVR)

These are some of the top analyst upgrades, downgrades, and initiations seen from Wall Street research calls this Friday morning.

AGCO Corporation (NASDAQ: AGCO) Maintained Outperform as Bull of the Day at Zacks.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) Reiterated Buy and Raised target to $415 from $375 at Argus.
Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) has seen its targets raised at Citigroup, BofA/ML, and Goldman Sachs.
Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE: BMI) Maintained Underperform as Bear of the Day at Zacks.
Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE: CL) Raised to Buy at Deutsche Bank.
Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ: DNDN) Started as Buy at ThinkEquity.
The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) Raised to Overweight at JPMorgan.
Flextronics International Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX) Cut to Hold at Argus.
InfoSpace Inc. (NASDAQ: INSP) Raised to Buy at S&P Equity Research (late-Thursday call).
Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP) Cut to Neutral at JPMorgan.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) Cut to Sector Perform at RBC.
Research In Motion Limited (NASDAQ: RIMM) Has been downgraded to Underperform at Jefferies and downgraded by at least two Canadian brokerages on its warning.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (NYSE: TSM) has seen targets raised by Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs.
Valero Energy Corp. (NYSE: VLO) Reiterated Buy and raised target to $35 from $32 at Argus.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) Cut to Hold at Citigroup.
W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) Raised to Neutral at BofA/ML.

This is an update from yesterday but we highlighted a technical analysis call from Bank of America Merrill Lynch that was effectively assigning the possibility of $80.00 silver, which would be yet another huge boom for shares of iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV) and ETFS Physical Silver Shares (NYSE: SIVR).

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JON C. OGG